SANTA CLARA — Frank Gore doesn't spend much time thinking about numbers with the San Francisco 49ers on the verge of clinching a playoff berth.
All he's concerned about this week is a victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night in the final game ever played at Candlestick Park.
After recording the seventh 1,000-yard rushing season of his career last week, Gore needs 144 yards on the ground to reach the 10,000-yard career threshold. But don't bother talking about those accomplishments with the ninth-year veteran this week.
"I try not to think about it," Gore said Friday. "I just want to get the win, no matter what, in front of the fans and all the guys that played there before me to go out with a good note since it's the last game at Candlestick. It's going to be crazy and it should be crazy."
Gore once again is a major force pushing San Francisco toward a third consecutive postseason berth. And this is the time of year when he seems to crank up his game another notch.
Gore had 196 yards rushing the past two weeks to lead the 49ers (10-4) in wins over Seattle and Tampa Bay and become the 20th player in NFL history to record seven 1,000-yard rushing seasons. The yardage he collects the rest of this season will come without the help of regular starting fullback Bruce Miller, who was placed on injured reserve this week after injuring his shoulder against the Buccaneers.
Gore said he has full confidence in backup Anthony Dixon to "be great" in place of Miller. And nobody is concerned about what to expect from Gore as the 49ers look to extend their four-game winning streak and gain momentum for the playoffs. San Francisco clinches a playoff berth with a win over Atlanta or an Arizona loss at Seattle on Sunday.